Attorney for Deshaun Watson Confirms They’re Not Settling Cases, Accuses Victims of Extortion of QB

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After weeks of peace and quiet on both sides, the Deshaun Watson case got a boost of energy this week after Tony Buzbee, the attorney for the 22 women suing the Houston Texans quarterback, expressed concern on Wednesday over how the National Football League is handling its investigation and said there were no plans to settle any of the 22 lawsuits.

One day after the attorney for Deshaun Watson’s accusers said his clients were not interested in settlement negotiations for their claims of sexual misconduct, the lawyer for the Houston Texans quarterback agreed with that sentiment.

“In a recent interview, Mr. Buzbee stated that ‘a settlement is not happening.’ We certainly agree,” Watson’s lawyer Rusty Hardin said. Hardin then added Watson’s camp has “never approached Mr. Buzbee about a settlement, he has approached us on numerous occasions in the past about the possibility of a settlement.”

Watson’s attorney goes on to claim that, “We have made clear all along that there would be no settlement unless the terms are made public and all participants are allowed to speak in their own defense at all times. We want none of the participants—the plaintiffs or Mr. Watson—muzzled by a settlement agreement. Mr. Buzbee does not feel the same.”

Hardin reiterated his client’s stance on Thursday. “I am a little bemused by Mr. Buzbee pronouncing piously that his clients are not going to settle and that they want their cases to play out in court. The fact that this whole thing started with his attempt to extort money and avoid court shows that irony is not dead. I guess it has just been raised to a new level.”

It was back in March when it reported by Rusty Hardin that Watson was the subject of a $30,000 blackmail attempt from one of the massage therapists.

The blackmail allegedly occurred in January 2021 when an accuser requested $30,000 in exchange for her “indefinite silence about what she stated was a consensual encounter.”